Joe Morton Biography (1947-)

Full name, Joseph Morton; born October 18, 1947, in New York, NY; son of Joseph T. (a U.S. Army intelligence officer) and Evelyn Morton; married second wife, Nora Chavooshian (a sculptor and production designer), October, 1984; children: Hopi (daughter); (second marriage) Ara (son), Seta (daughter). Addresses: Agent: Judy Schoen and Associates, 6060 Larchmont, Suite 309, LosAngeles, CA 90004.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Actor, director
Birth Details
October 18, 1947
New York, New York, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Stage Appearances
  • Jesse, A Month of Sundays, Theatre de Lys, New York City, 1968
  • Hair, Biltmore Theatre, New York City, 1968
  • Mark, Salvation, Village Gate Theatre, then Jan Hus Playhouse, both New York City, 1969
  • Willy Thomas, Prettybelle, Shubert Theatre, Boston, MA, 1971
  • Title role, Charlie Was Here and Now He's Gone, Eastside Playhouse, New York City, 1971
  • Sam (Samuel Adams), Two If by Sea, Circle in the Square, New YorkCity, 1972
  • Walter Lee Younger, Raisin, Arena Stage, Washington, DC, 1972, then 46th Street Theatre, New York City, 1973
  • Arlecchino, Tricks, Alvin Theatre, New York City, 1973
  • I Paid My Dues, Astor Place Theatre, New York City, 1976
  • Shoulders, G. R. Point, Marymount Manhattan Theatre, New York City, 1977
  • Lucius, Johnny on a Spot, Brooklyn Academy of Music Theatre, Brooklyn, NY, 1980
  • Autolycus, The Winter's Tale, Brooklyn Academy of Music Theatre, 1980
  • Eastern Habim, Oh, Brother!, American National Theatre and Academy(ANTA), New York City, 1981
  • Lysander, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Brooklyn Academy of Music Theatre, 1981
  • Kite, The Recruiting Officer, Brooklyn Academy of Music Theatre, 1981
  • Naval officer, The Wild Duck, Brooklyn Academy of Music Theatre, 1981
  • Title role, Oedipus the King, Brooklyn Academy of Music Theatre, 1981
  • Sam Dodd, Rhinestone, Richard Allen Center, New York City, 1982
  • Two Gentlemen of Verona, Pennsylvania Stage Company, Allentown, PA, 1982
  • How I Got That Story, GeVa Theatre, Rochester, NY, 1982
  • Peter, Souvenirs, Cubiculo Theatre, New York City, 1984
  • Ty Fletcher, Tamer of Horses, Crossroads Theatre Company, New Brunswick, NJ, 1985, then Los Angeles Theatre Center, Los Angeles, 1986
  • Cutting Ball, Cheapside, Roundabout Theatre, New York City, 1986
  • Mama Zaza, Almost by Chance a Woman: Elizabeth, Yale Repertory Theatre, New Haven, CT, 1986
  • Barney Walker, Honky Tonk Nights, Biltmore Theatre, New York City,1986
  • Hubert, King John, New York Shakespeare Festival (NYSF), DelacorteTheatre/Central Park, New York City, 1988
  • Elektra, Classic Stage Company, London, 1988
  • Crumbs from the Table, McGinn/Cazale Theater, New York City, 1995
  • Art, Broadway production, then London, 1998, 2001
  • Vincentio, Measure for Measure, Joseph Papp Public Theater, New York Shakespeare Festival, New York City, 2001
  • Mr. Zero, Brutal Imagination, Vineyard Theatre, New York City, 2002
  • Appeared as Oberon, A Midsummer Night's Dream; also appeared in productions of Crazy Horse, Electra, Julius Caesar, King Lear, and The Tempest.
  • Stage Work
  • Director, The Heliotrope Bouquet, Playwrights Horizons, New York City, 1993
  • Director, Crumbs from the Table of Joy, McGinn-Cazall Theatre, NewYork City, 1995-1996
  • Film Appearances
  • Ahmad, Between the Lines, Midwest Films, 1977
  • Prison doctor, ... And Justice for All, Columbia, 1979
  • Rich, The Clairvoyant (also known as The Killing Hour and The Killing Kind), Lansbury-Berun, 1981
  • Curse of the Pink Panther, 1983
  • Title role, The Brother from Another Planet, Cinecom, 1984
  • Scratch's assistant, Crossroads, Columbia, 1985
  • Solo, Trouble in Mind, Alive, 1985
  • Sheriff McMahon, Stranded, 1987
  • Earl, Zelly and Me (also known as Phoebe), Columbia, 1988
  • Frank Williams, The Good Mother, Buena Vista, 1988
  • Tandy, Hostile Witness, 1988
  • Nicky, Tap, TriStar, 1989
  • Wynn Himes, City of Hope, Samuel Goldwyn, 1991
  • Miles Bennett Dyson, Terminator 2: Judgment Day (also known as T2 and T2-- Terminator: Judgment Day), TriStar, 1991
  • Crooks, Of Mice and Men, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1992
  • Cameron, Forever Young, Warner Bros., 1992
  • Sergeant Barkley, The Walking Dead, Savoy Pictures, 1994
  • Kenny Tate, The Inkwell (also known as No Ordinary Summer),Buena Vista, 1994
  • Assistant district attorney, In the Hands of the Enemy, Vidmark, 1994
  • Lieutenant Herb "Mac" McMahon, Speed, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1994
  • Cappy, Executive Decision (also known as Critical Decision), Warner Bros., 1996
  • Colonel Delmore Payne, Lone Star, 1996
  • Mr. Kent, The Pest, TriStar, 1997
  • Lieutenant Herb "Mac" McMahon (uncredited), Speed 2: Cruise Control, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1997
  • Detective Bill, Trouble on the Corner, Vision, 1997
  • Commander Cabel Chamberlain/Cab Blues, Blues Brothers 2000, MCA/Universal, 1998
  • Dan Richler, Apt Pupil (also known as Un eleve doue--Ete de corruption), Paramount, 1998
  • When It Clicks, 1998
  • The Final Act, 1998
  • Narrator, The Black Press: Soldiers without Swords, California Newsreel, 1998
  • Sherman Reese, NASA representative, The Astronaut's Wife, New LineCinema, 1999
  • Dr. Drayton, What Lies Beneath, Twentieth Century-Fox, 2000
  • Jim Willer, Bounce, Miramax, 2000
  • Chauncey Eskridge, Ali, Columbia, 2001
  • Hugh Campbell, Dragonfly, Warner Bros., 2002
  • Film Work
  • Producer, Legacy, Atlantis, 1998
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Dr. James Foster, Search for Tomorrow, CBS, 1973-1974
  • Dr. Jason, Feeling Good, PBS, 1974-1975
  • Hal Marshall, Grady, NBC, 1975-1976
  • Raymond Geeter, Watch Your Mouth, PBS, 1978
  • Dr. Abel Marsh/Leo Mars, Another World (also known as Another World: Bay City), NBC, 1983-1984
  • Michael James, Equal Justice, ABC, 1990
  • Byron Douglas III, a recurring role, A Different World, NBC, 1991-1992
  • Officer Carleton Thomas, Tribeca, Fox, 1993
  • Ron Langston, Under One Roof, CBS, 1995
  • Mitch Cotter, New York News, CBS, 1995
  • Lieutenant Tom Warner, Prince Street, NBC, 1997
  • Dr. Grote Maxwell, Mercy Point, UPN, 1998
  • Dr. Steven Hamilton, Smallville (also known as Smallville: Superman the Early Years), The WB, 2001
  • Host, The Fritz Polland Story, beginning 2002
  • Zeke McMillan number two, All My Children (also known as All MyChildren: The Summer of Seduction), 2001-
  • Movies
  • Louis, This Man Stands Alone (also known as Lawman without a Gun), NBC, 1979
  • William Terry, Death Penalty, NBC, 1980
  • Lionel Zachary, A Good Sport, CBS, 1984
  • Ken Fraker, Alone in the Neon Jungle (also known as Command inHell), CBS, 1988
  • Sergeant Jeff Allen, Police Story: Burnout, ABC, 1988
  • Kevin Tandy, Terrorist on Trial: The United States vs. Salim Ajami(also known as In the Hands of the Enemy and The Trial), CBS,1988
  • Cedric Sandiford, Howard Beach: Making the Case for Murder (also known as In the Line of Duty: Howard Beach, Making a Case for Murder and Skin), NBC, 1989
  • Samuel Flowers, Legacy of Lies, USA, 1992
  • Lieutenant Danny Royce, In the Shadow of Evil, CBS, 1995
  • Gordon Thomas, Jack Reed: Death and Vengeance, NBC, 1996
  • Dr. Sam Brodus, Miss Evers' Boys, HBO, 1997
  • Thurgood Marshall, Mutiny, NBC, 1999
  • Martin Lowell, Y2K, NBC, 1999
  • Malcolm X, Ali: An American Hero, Fox, 2000
  • Episodic
  • Clerk, "Hunted," Mission: Impossible, 1970
  • Hal Marshall, "The Family Man," Sanford and Son, 1975
  • Captain Saunders, "Der Tag," M*A*S*H, CBS, 1976
  • Manager, "The Birthday Present," What's Happening!!, 1976
  • Lieutenant Jack Davis, "The Maze," Miami Vice, 1985
  • Slate, "Re-Entry," The Equalizer, 1987
  • Shooting witness, "Series Premiere," Alien Nation, 1989
  • Carter Brock, "The Sins of the Fathers," The Equalizer, 1989
  • Reverend Marvin Lewis, "Choice of Chance," A Man Called Hawk, 1989
  • Carter Brock, "Time Present, Time Past," The Equalizer, 1989
  • Carter Brock, "Suicide Squad," The Equalizer, 1989
  • Dr. Ronald McNair, "Challenger," ABC Theatre, ABC, 1990
  • Roland Books, "Conspiracy," Law & Order, 1992
  • Sam Thorne, "A Model Citizen," Homicide: Life on the Street, 1994
  • Sam Thorne, "Happy to Be Here," Homicide: Life on the Street, 1994
  • Dean/Dinah, "Blondes Have More Fun," New York Undercover, 1994
  • Narrator, "The Hollywood Style," American Cinema, PBS, 1995
  • Jake Stone, "Jacob's Ladder," Touched by an Angel, CBS, 1996
  • New York: A Documentary Film, 1999
  • Leon Chiles, "Vaya Con Dios," Law & Order, NBC, 2000
  • Leon Chiles, "Burn, Baby, Burn," Law & Order, NBC, 2000
  • Martin Wells, "Redrum," The X-Files, Fox, 2000
  • Narrator, Africa, PBS, 2001
  • U.S. Attorney, "Fire Proof," The Practice, ABC, 2002
  • Martin, "The Impossible Dream," Touched by an Angel, CBS, 2002
  • Also appeared as Councilman Caulder in an episode of Dellaventura,CBS, 1997.
  • Specials
  • Carl Hatch, The Files on Jill Hatch, PBS, 1983
  • Story of a People: The Black Road to Hollywood, syndicated, 1991
  • Story of a People: Expressions in Black, syndicated, 1991
  • Narrator, Against the Odds: The Artists of the Harlem Renaissance,PBS, 1994
  • Narrator, The American Promise, PBS, 1995
  • Narrator, Lost in the Grand Canyon (documentary), PBS, 1999
  • Host, An American Christmas (documentary), CBS, 1999
  • Narrator, John Brown's Holy War (documentary), PBS, 2000
  • Narrator, Stephen Foster (documentary), PBS, 2001
  • Narrator, Methuselah Tree (documentary), PBS, 2001
  • Narrator, Beyond Human (documentary), PBS, 2001
  • Miniseries
  • Narrator, The Great Depression, PBS, 1993
  • Narrator, Blood & Iron: The Story of the German War Machine, 1995
  • Voices, Jazz, PBS, 2001
  • Pilots
  • Elgin Jones, We're Fighting Back, CBS, 1981
  • Michael James, Equal Justice, 1990
  • Television Work
  • Episodic
  • Director, "The Loft," Tribeca, Fox, 1993
  • RECORDINGS
  • Taped Readings
  • Days of Grace, 1993
  • God's Trombones: Seven Negro Sermons in Verse, 1993
  • Possessing the Secret of Joy, 1993
  • The Autobiography of Malcolm X, 1993

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